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Posted: 01/07/2012 at 21:08

Hi everyone - haven't forgotton but am still waiting for mine to flower - honest !!!

Here's a photo of how a couple are today 01/07/2012 !!! I'm blaming the poor weather - cold, wet and very strong winds for late flowering !!! 

 Nothing like the bargain you obtained at Homebase sotongeoff - well done !! 

I'm still waiting for more seeds to germinate - will have to put them in the fridge soon I think !! 


Orlaya grandiflora

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 20:55

Hi lovetogarden - I grew some Orlaya Grandiflora last year from seed - seed sown early spring and flowered same year - I have self-sown seedlings in flower at the moment. As a hardy annual I would say it could be sown September time, overwintered in cold frame conditions and planted out next Spring - given the conditions this year I'm going to grow more hardy annuals from September to see how I get on for next year !!! 

Sickly plants ? Try asprin.

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 20:29

Hi jean riley - like you I've found forumites to be an extremely helpful, friendly and knowledgeable bunch and I really enjoy reading the discussions and contributing here and there !! 

I think it's always of use to have information such as that which you have provided as most of us will have the aspirin and epsom salts in the kitchen/house somewhere and with ailing plants etc it's worth trying these methods to revive/boost any plant. I take a 75mg aspirin each day as I believe it will revive me at some time !!! 

I have a miniature rose 'division' in the garden which is not doing so well this year so will be getting some soluble aspirin next time I'm shopping.

Thanks again.


plant identification

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 18:56

Hi there rich3 - I can't be certain but it looks like a biennial named Clary Sage/Sage Clary/Salvia Sclarea - I have the Turkestanica variety which appeared in our garden and was identified with this specific name by a friend after seeing one growing in a private garden. 

I hope this helps and I'm sure others will be able to add further ideas/comments.

Plant ID

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 18:46

Hi everyone !!

Annoying isn't it when plants look so much alike !!!

I'm going to take myself up on my own suggestion and try to grow both the blue linum and the Gilia next year as they both look really nice !!! 

Don't ask where I'm going to put them in the garden if they do grow - I tend to think about such issues after the 'potting on' and plant purchasing phases !!!! 

Plant identity - any ideas welcome.

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 18:36

Hi everyone - I'm back - let the challenge continue !! 

I have 'square eyes' from searching internet etc all very interesting but still unable to identify a couple of plants. I've also been waiting for plants and flowers to develop so that I could get more useful photos.

I'm pretty sure that the first plant is a Stachys variety with fairly distinctive crinkly serrated edged leaves and flowers which do not seem to open much. However, although there are so many varieties of Stachys none seem to match what I have !!

The second unidentified plant - the final 2 photos - has similar characteristics to the Stachys - square stem etc but as these are not exclusve to Stachys I have wondered if it's a type of Phlomis although it's not like a yellow one I have in the garden and unlike ones I have seen in gardens locally !!!

Thanks in advance for any helpful suggestions 





That's it for now. 


Plant ID

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 17:39

Hi there everyone - lovely photos - I'm growing the deep red/scarlet flax/linum at the moment but will be on the lookout for seeds of the ones in the photo as they are really pretty.

I grow Phacelia tanacetifolia - don't know if it has a more common name !! - as a green manure keeping some for the garden and must say that the second photo looks like what I have in the garden !! The flowers are more of a lilac colour than the echiums that I'm growing. 

I'm no expert but from experience have found that both echium and phacelia germinate readily and attract bees, butterflies etc so why not give both a go !! 

Thanks MaxiiLS for the website details - another to add to my ever increasing bookmark list !!

Happy gardening !!


Page numbers not working in My Posts

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 18:14

Hi everyone - being relatively new to the forum I have lost track of some discussions where I made comments and as I had something more to say (not unusual for me !!!) I used the 'my posts' facility and like everyone else could not get past page 1. 

However, I have just discovered that all my posts seem to be logged as follows - 

go to 'my settings' page - scroll down to 'Forum Settings' and click to open it - scroll down to 'Forum notifications' and all posts should be listed by Discussion Name.

I can't be sure but the listing of my posts in 'Forum Settings' seem to be in date order with last post first !!!

Not sure if this is the intended location of the 'my posts' record but I was pleased to make this discovery so that I can re-establish contact in some discussions.

I have not come across the 'edit' function yet so cannot comment !!!

Hope this helps and apologies if it's been repeated in another discussion. 

Identification of climber

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 22:02

Hi there - can't be certain but looks like Virginia Creeper to me. We have one growing against a wall. Very vigorous, deciduous and red leaves in winter before they fall.

Not sure which would win in the battle for supremacy - the Boston Ivy or a Virginia Creeper !! 

What Am I

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 21:50

Lovely photo - haven't seen any yet this year.

Thanks Allymc for the link - I try to capture photos of unusual (to me that is !!) wildlife on my 'phone camera when I'm in the garden and this site sounds a good way of identifying the "creatures". Just got to find the photos now !! 

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More plants to identify - Stachys or not ??!!

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